Gospel of John 8:31-42 Reflection:
Since yesterday was the feast of Sr Joseph, we missed one of the readings around the theme of who Jesus is.
This is the conversation with the Pharisees and over three days it builds to a climax when Jesus openly declares that he is God.
Today Jesus talks about the truth and the truth setting us free. Then he says that when we sin we are slaves.
This is so contrary to the world's teaching. To the world the Church is in crisis, because they believe that if a majority of people decide something, then it is OK to do it.
I would point out that the Church is not the one in crisis, rather, the world is the one who is in crisis. The world wants the Church to give acceptance to the way that people live; to approve abortion, selfishness etc.
The church can't change. Why you might ask? Because it is based on the Truth of God not of men. Truth cannot change.
As we read the Bible, we see that the Pharisees were in crisis. Jesus was a man living and saying things that they did not like. They were in control, they had power, and like secularists today, they had changed God's Law to justify their behavior.
A simple example: "Thou shall not kill." Ok, but we want to kill the child in the womb; so we say the child in the womb is not a human being. Just recently I read where a Middlesbrough mayor, Ray Mallon, is quoted as saying "We should target children whilst they're in the womb." No outcry was heard come from the journalist or the people who read it.
Handy that, isn't it. And they say the church has a crisis. I think a person who can rationalize that is in a real crisis.
The poor old Pharisees could not see God when he stood in front of their eyes.
The crisis is the same today as it was five thousand years ago; the challenge for believers is to stay fast to the Truth, to stand up to injustice when we experience it in our lives and reach out to those in need.